Monday, December 8, 2008

Eye Of The Tiger. How to get the most out of your workout

Many people who workout are just going through the motions. At one point they may have had some motivation or were working towards a goal. Then, either the goal is long term, they met their goal and are maintaining or have lost sight and or motivation. Sometimes people do their workout just to do it without getting much from it other than saying they did it.

Whatever the circumstance, it takes focus to change your body and it takes focus to get a worthwhile workout. It takes the Eye Of The Tiger. The hunger and fire from within. Here are a couple of techniques to help you get that edge and maximize your time for optimum results.

Visualization is a powerful tool in making a change, be it physical or mental. It's a technique that works for everyone from the athlete to the beginner at home and it's something that can be applied to every aspect of your life. There are different ways to use visualization in your workout. You can start by visualizing yourself once you've met your fitness goal. Imagine what you look like or your performance in the skills you trained for. Visualizing yourself being successful works wonders.

In the short term, you can also use visualization on a physical level in every workout. While lifting, rather than thinking about your day, the errands you have to run, the conversation with your spouse, the challenges at work - focus on your body and how it's moving and working. With every rep, feel the muscle contraction, focus on your form and notice how your body functions in a bicep curl or a squat. Not only will this help you to become more familiar with your body and keep your focus on your workout, but it will also help to prevent any injuries during your routine.

Another great technique to get more from your workout is to tap into your emotions. Your time at the gym can be cathartic. Some of the best workouts are not only a physical experience, but emotional and spiritual as well. This is can also be an awesome way to purge any ill feelings like anger, rage, resentment and annoyance. By using these powerful emotions you can add fuel to your inner fire to propel you into an intense workout, usually best done during cardio. It's a quick way to get that "runners high". The best part is not only purging those feelings to your benefit in the gym, but reaping the rewards with the end result feeling clear and refreshed.

If you're lost in your routine and needing a little something extra to get you through, try these techniques to see how much of a difference they can make. You'll be pleasantly surprised that they can make a world of difference in a short amount of time.

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